Strengthening the capacities of criminal justice authorities in Albania to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate terrorist financing

20 May 2019 Durres

A two-day training on “Investigation, prosecution and adjudication of financing of terrorism” took place on 16 and 17 May 2019 in Durrës, Albania. The training targeted criminal justice authorities and aimed at developing specialisation among practitioners on conducting investigations in...

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Final conference of the Action “Strengthen integrity and combat corruption in higher education”

15 May 2019 Podgorica

A closing conference of the Action took place on 15 May in Podgorica, marking the end of the activities in the field of education in Montenegro of the Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey. Participants were given the opportunity to hear national beneficiaries and international...

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First round of workshops on academic integrity for the students of the University of Montenegro finalised

13 May 2019 Podgorica

The last of a series of four workshops for the students of the University of Montenegro, with a focus on academic integrity, took place on 12 May. Workshops targeted students from different faculties of the University attending different stages of bachelor studies. The purpose of workshops was to...

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Training on the audit and verification of political party and election campaign finances for Albanian auditors

2-3 May 2019 Vlora

Following the recently approved Decisions and Instruction by the Central Election Commission (CEC) regulating the procedure for audit and verification of political party and election campaign expenses, the audit templates of funds received and spent by political parties and candidates and on the...

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Workshop on plagiarism for postgraduate and doctoral students of University of Montenegro took place in Podgorica

30 April 2019 Podgorica

A workshop on academic integrity with special attention given to plagiarism was organized at the University of Montenegro on 24 April. Group of almost 30 postgraduate and doctoral students attended the lecture given by the experts of the Institute of Research and Action on Fraud and Plagiarism in...

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Albania makes progress in updating its Anti-Money Laundering/Counter Financing of terrorism National Risk Assessment

30 April 2019 Tirana

Representatives of the public and private sector participated in the initial workshop to discuss the updating of the Anti-Money Laundering/Counter Financing of terrorism National Risk Assessment (NRA) of Albania which took place on 24 April 2019 in Tirana, Albania. Building on the lessons learnt...

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Strong partnership for better life of citizens

24 April 2019 Pristina

Citizens of Kosovo* have received tangible benefits through successful implementation of the Joint European Union and Council of Europe Programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, the third Beneficiary Steering Committee Meeting concluded in Pristina today. “For the...

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Academic Integrity courses Licence Agreement signed in Serbia

17 April 2019 Belgrade

As a follow up to the joint European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility action, Strengthen integrity and combat corruption in higher education in Serbia, the Academic Integrity courses Licence Agreement between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the...

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Towards the establishment and functioning of the electronic system for asset declarations in Albania

8 April 2019 Tirana

The High Inspectorate for the Declaration and Audit of Assets and Conflicts of Interest (HIDAACI) will officially present the establishment and functioning of the electronic system for the declaration and publication of private interests of the elected subjects and some public officials. The...

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Albanian Central Election Commission approves bylaws on audit and monitoring of political party finances

12 April 2019 Tirana

On 11 April 2019, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Albania approved three bylaws as follows: 1) “The procedure for audit and verification of political party and election campaign expenses”; 2) “On the approval of audit templates of funds received and spent by political parties annually,...

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Protect the non-profit sector from possible risks and abuse

26 February 2019 Tivat

It is necessary for the competent institutions to have the capacity to comprehensively assess the risks of financing terrorism through the non-profit sector, while ensuring that such assessments do not unreasonably impair the integrity and legally protected activities of civil society. This was...

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Three years of support to reforms in Albania: judiciary, fighting economic crime and anti-discrimination crucial areas

4 April 2019 Tirana

Citizens of Albania have received tangible benefits and the programme has had a positive impact on the approximation to the European standards in the fields of justice, anti-discrimination and fight against corruption in the country – this was a conclusion of the third Beneficiary Steering...

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Regional closing conference on Horizontal Facility Programme demonstrates benefits for Western Balkans societies

3 April 2019 Tirana

Dedication of the authorities to reform of the judiciary, fighting economic crime and combating discrimination, with support of the Council of Europe and the European Union through the European Union and Council of Europe Horizontal Facility joint programme, has brought enormous benefits to...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Regional final conference: presenting results of a three-year co-operation in the Western Balkans

2 April 2019 Tirana

Regional final conference of the joint programme of the European Union and Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, will be held on Wednesday, 3 April 2019, at the Rogner Hotel, Tirana. The meeting will take stock of the results of the Horizontal Facility...

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Advice to Albanian authorities on establishment of a Registry of Beneficial Ownership

12-13 March Tirana

Representatives of Albanian institutions discussed beneficial ownership registries and due diligence with Council of Europe experts at a Roundtable on “Transparency of Beneficial Ownership in Albania” taking place in Tirana on 12 and 13 March 2019. The event was organized pursuant to a request...

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Three years of support for compliance with European standards in North Macedonia

19 March 2019 Skopje

Citizens of North Macedonia have received tangible benefits through successful implementation of the Joint EU-Council of Europe Programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, the third Beneficiary Steering Committee Meeting concluded in Skopje today. Taking stock of the...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Three years of support for compliance with European standards in North Macedonia: Council of Europe and the EU to present results of joint programme on Tuesday

18 March 2019 Skopje

The third Steering Committee Meeting of the joint programme of the European Union and Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, will be held on Tuesday, 19 March 2019, at the Marriot Hotel, Skopje. The meeting will take stock of the results of the Horizontal...

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Three years of support for compliance with European standards in Serbia

6 March 2019 Belgrade

Through successful implementation of the Joint EU-Council of Europe Programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, citizens of Serbia have received tangible benefits and the programme has had a positive impact on the approximation to the European standards in the fields of...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Three years of support for compliance with European standards in Serbia

5 March 2019 Belgrade

The results of the joint programme of the European Union and Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey over three years will be discussed at the third Steering Committee Meeting on Wednesday, 6 March 2019, at the Hotel Metropol Palace, Belgrade. The meeting will...

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Roundtable consultation on the draft Law on International Restrictive Measures in Albania

25 February 2019 Tirana

On 22 February 2019, members of the Working Group on drafting the Law on “International Restrictive Measures in the Republic of Albania”, representing various institutions in Albania, met in Tirana to discuss with the Council of Europe expert compatibility of the draft Law with European and...

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Visual identity for horizontal facility anti-corruption projects